Kristen Bell: 'Veronica Mars' is the movie show fans will want to see

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International  |  Jan. 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of the California-set TV mystery series "Veronica Mars" has been viewed more than 100,000 times in less than a day.

Featuring appearances by the canceled show's stars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn, Jason Dohring and Enrico Colantoni, the clip for the movie was posted Thursday.

Co-financed by the Kickstarter fan-fundraising website and Warner Bros., the film is set for release in March. The cult-favorite show was created by writer-director Rob Thomas and ran for three seasons from 2004-07.

"I've ping-ponged between knowing it was going to happen -- because I am eternally optimistic because that's the only way to live -- but it didn't seem very realistic for most of the last seven years," Bell told reporters in New York recently about making the "Veronica Mars" movie.

"Rob had this idea about Kickstarter. I was familiar with Kickstarter," Bell continued. "I think his agent told him to fund it that way, but we spent a lot of time going through rewards because we wanted to make sure people wanted to do it. So, we said we will sign 6,000 posters, not 500, and I'll record 1,000 [contributors'] outgoing [voicemail] messages. ... That's the only to get the movie done. We really wanted it to be an exchange of love, not just, 'Give us your money.' ... We didn't want to take advantage of our fans at all. We are desperate to deliver something that they are satisfied with.

"I have confidence in Rob Thomas because he's not just one of the best writers out there, he is also a selfless writer. For instance, Logan was not intended to be a love interest for Veronica. Not in the slightest. He was supposed to be the antagonist the whole series, but the girl [fans] started freaking out on message boards about Logan. Flipping out and [Thomas] was like: 'Obviously, I have to put them together. This is what the audience wants.' And that's how he writes. He is a charming, selfless writer. He wrote a movie the audience would want to see. So, I hope that they like it. We have a lot of cool cameos. We have all the whole old gang back together. ... It was so much fun. I really, really hope they like it because my first utmost priority is that the fans feel like it was worth it."

So, how difficult was it for Bell to slip back into character and play the brilliant, fearless private detective again after such as long break?

"I was really nervous that I couldn't get back into her just because nerves exist," the 33-year-old actress confessed. "There wasn't any specific reason. It was like, 'I haven't done it in a while, I wonder.' ... But, man, Rob Thomas writes dialogue that already exists in my head. I've always said that about him. He's the only writer where I can read it once -- even a monologue -- and I have it. It's alien. And I was really excited to play her, but I was nervous that I wouldn't have her charm or snark or whatever, but he said I did alright."

Asked how closely Veronica mirrors who she is in real life, Bell said, "She reflects the snarky part of my personality, for sure.

"I'm like 50 percent Anna [from her animated blockbuster 'Frozen'] and 50 percent Veronica. It really depends on the day and the time of the month," she added.

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